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The generic version of Mexitil is mexiletine. It is commonly used to correct irregular heart rates. Mexitil is able to change the way the heart muscle contracts, resetting its motion to give the heart a steady and continuous rhythm.

Mexitil is not appropriate for everyone, and some patients may not be able to take the medication. Others may require careful monitoring while undergoing drug therapy with this medication. Patients with a medical history including liver disease, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, or another issue pertaining to the heart, can only take this medicine with great care. The prescribing physician should be sure to thoroughly evaluate a patient’s standard of health prior to prescribing this medication.

The American Food and Drug Administration rated Mexitil a pregnancy risk category C. The potential harm that this medicine can do to an unborn fetus is relatively unclear. While it is known that Mexitil passes into the mother’s breast milk, the affect on the baby is unknown. Women who are pregnant, nursing, or who may become pregnant should avoid this medication.

Double dosing on Mexitil could lead to an overdose. If the patients should miss his or her dose of Mexitil, the dose should just be taken as soon as it is available. However, if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, the patients should skip the missed dose and adhere to the previously agreed upon schedule.

In the event of a suspected overdose, the patient should be taken to the nearest emergency treatment facility. An overdose may present with symptoms such as dizziness, numbness, tingling, nausea, seizures, blackouts, unconsciousness, and a significant change in heart rhythm.

Most patients will experience some side effects especially when starting Mexitil. Most side effects are considered mild and the patient may adjust over a period of a few weeks. Mild side effects are common but should still be reported to the prescribing physician. Mild side effects can often be adjusted in their intensity by adjusting the dosage of Mexitil. Common side effects may include rash, ringing in the ears, depression, diarrhea, constipation, loss of coordination, dry mouth, headache, blurry vision, weakness, tremor, upset stomach, heartburn, vomiting, loss of interest in food, and light headedness.

A few patients may experience serious side effects. Serious side effects should be taken very seriously and the patient should seek immediate advice from an emergency medical doctor. Serious side effects may include allergic reactions (swelling of the facial structures, hives, difficulty breathing, throat closure, and tongue swelling) as well as unusual bruising and bleeding, new or worsening heart rhythm irregularities, fever with a sore throat, mouth ulcers, sore mouth, or infection, or wheezing, chest pain, coughing, or chest discomfort.

Not all medications can be taken with Mexitil. Some medications will cause a serious interaction when taken with Mexitil. Patients should be urged to inquire with the prescribing physician before taking any type of medications including over the counter, prescription, herbal, or vitamin supplemental. Medications already known to interact with Mexitil include rifampin, cimetidine, theophylline, phenytoin, and metochlopramide.

Patients should not suddenly stop taking this medication without first talking with their prescribing physician. The sudden absence of the medication is likely to make an irregular heart rate much worse. Patients should not even alter their dosing schedule without first discussing their intention with the prescribing physician.

Mexitil has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of mexitil


• Molecular formula of mexitil is C11H17NO
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-(2,6-dimethylphenoxy)propan-2-amine
• Molecular weight is 179.259 g/mol
Mexitil available : 250mg capsules

Generic name: Mexiletine

Brand name(s): Mexiletina, Mexiletine HCL, Mexiletinum

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